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Dodgers: Trevor Bauer Believes He Still Has More Potential to Tap Into

Has Bauer just grazed the surface of his potential?



The early feedback from the Dodgers camp on Trevor Bauer has been resoundingly positive. Players and coaches have praised his constant desire to be better and willingness to listen to new ideas. 

As recently as Monday afternoon, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts praised the incredible work ethic of Bauer. That was on the heels of Bauer’s first Spring Training appearance of the season. He tossed 2 innings and struck out 2, looking sharp in his first action. 

After the game, Bauer talked about his Dodgers debut and outlook moving forward. Despite reaching the pinnacle for big league pitchers by winning the Cy Young, Trevor is convinced that he has a lot more potential that he can tap into. 

There’s a ton. There’s a lot left physically that I haven’t been able to tap into. I’ve been trying the last couple of years to figure out what it is, but I have to throw harder to maintain pace with the league. I’m still in my physical prime. There’s no reason why you should throw slower when you’re in your physical prime.

Dodgers fans will no doubt be excited at the possibility that Bauer could be better than he already is. But more than anything, it speaks to his willingness to better himself on the field in whatever manner necessary. 

Related: Trevor Bauer on the Dodgers 2020 World Series Legitimacy

As of now, the Dodgers are set to start the 2021 season with the trio of Bauer, Walker Buehler, and Clayton Kershaw. Those are listed in no particular order as Dave Roberts has yet to reveal an Opening Day starter. 

It’s going to be a fun year watching these guys on the mound. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Of course Bauer could always be better. He is going to learn from one of the Greatest.. Look at the Braves, all of their pitchers learned from Maddux .. Like Glavine and Smoltz.. all these pitchers were DOMINANT and didn’t even hit 90mph with their fastball. Pitching is exactly that, it is not throwing.. If you hit your spots and can learn to throw that famous Kershaw curve ball.. Everybody on the Dodgers staff is already better because of Kershaw.. Just like JT… he is putting on a clinic in batting, everybody adopted his plate approach and viola! Home run City!

  2. Love Trevor’s comments. His work ethic and drive is a welcome sign. Boy this is going to be a GREAT season!! Go Dodgers!

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